CAP Congress 2019

2019 CAP Congress – Public Engagement Opportunities

Simon Fraser University is pleased to be the host of this year’s Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Congress, the national meeting for Canadian researchers in Physics.  The congress includes multiple opportunities for the public, teachers and students to engage with Physics at SFU.  We invite the greater Vancouver community to join us for these exciting events.

Herzberg Public Lecture

“Frugal Science in the Age of Curiosity” by Manu Prakash, Stanford University

Monday June 3, 7:30 pm

Shrum Science Center, C9001, SFU Burnaby Campus

We are delighted that this year’s CAP Herzberg Public Lecture will be given by Dr. Manu Prakash, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Dr. Prakash is a MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow, an inventor of instrumentation enabling access to scientific discovery, and an in-demand speaker.  Dr. Prakash is not only a highly creative and well-regarded physicist, he also is passionate about spreading the love and applicability of science to communities that lack traditionally enabling technologies.

Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained at Eventbrite:

Parking: The closest visitor parking lot is the Central Parkade.  Click here for a map showing all our parking lot locations.

Teachers’ Workshops

Monday June 3, 9 am – 5 pm

The main focus of the workshop sessions will be learning how to adapt current laboratory activities to the new BC Curriculum design. Registration for the day of workshops includes the opportunity to attend the Opening Plenary talk by the 2018 Physics Nobel Prize Winner, Canadian Dr. Donna Strickland. There will also be an additional workshop session on the use of Foldscope paper microscopes in the classroom, in which teachers will build and take home their own Foldscope. Teachers (at any grade level, not just high-school Physics) may choose to only attend the Foldscope session. The Foldscope workshop will be run by Dr. Manu Prakash.

Information about the teacher workshops is available at

Student workshops (FULL)

Tuesday June 4, 9 am – 2 pm

Workshops for students in grades 5-7 are by pre-registration only.  Students will get to build and use their own Foldscope, tour SFU’s Trottier Observatory and engage in other scientific workshops during their visit to SFU’s Burnaby Campus.  Information about the student workshops can be obtained by contacting